Don't Miss Christina's Next Bestseller Beauty & Grace

Beauty and Grace is an intricately-woven work of historical fiction telling the stories of women and men institutionalized in asylums for reasons far beyond the bounds of acceptability. Readers will experience the journey of 15 individuals forced to spend their lives locked away, often under inhumane conditions, and the triumphant human spirits of those who endured and survived. While the background story of Beauty and Grace is historically accurate, the characters are fictional, including the main narrators, Teagan Cormick and Grace Reid. 

Teagan leads readers through her early life in Queenstown, County Cork, to her youthful immigration to America in 1928 and her chilling, involuntary commitment to Wood Haven Asylum following The Crash of 1929. Grace is an experienced senior care consultant hired by Wood Haven in 1978 to deinstitutionalize their remaining patients who have been trapped for decades within the asylum walls. Together, Teagan and Grace bond as they guide Wood Haven patients to new lives, while battling those determined to prevent “asylum people” from invading their neighboring community.